Friday, May 2, 2014

Conditions Report -- Skiing is good; Don't be dissuaded by spring in the valley

As you can see, skiing continues to rock on the Mac Pass trails. Grooming? Who needs grooming when you can ski on 1-2 feet of consolidated springtime goodness? (Trails are un-groomed, but for classic skiers, things were good if not set-tracked, and I bet skating would be possible if a little on the heroic side.) I bet the snow gets better (turning from ice to corn) as the snow warms up through the day.

The snowpack has consolidated. Late this afternoon there was an inch or so of loose corn snow on the surface. Scott and his faithful companion skied all the way up the Microwave Road. I was on another mission, and only skied as far as the SST, where just immediately uphill I made the best tele turns I've had all year. (This is misleading, if accurate. I mostly made alpine turns this winter. Still, the turns were as sweet as was the corn.)

The first 150 yards included some grass and dirt (smart skiers would walk), but I found all the little brook crossings to be no-stress and covered by snow or skiable ice. Honestly, the skiing was fun, the coverage was fine (although the snow is dirty), the sun blazed down, and the air was scented by Pine and Fir. It's hard to imagine it being any better any time of the year.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Conditions Report, April 1

Air 32 F, snow 31 F. Foggy at noon. Yesterday's melting snow had turned to ice. In a few spots (aspect? tree cover?) there was soft snow, and it was lovely. In many other spots, although nicely rolled yesterday, there were killer ruts and chicken heads. Not so good.

Lots and lots and lots of snow. A four-foot drift in front of the picnic shelter, maybe a three-foot drift in front of the SST (outhouse). Wow. Wow. Wow.

A couple of degrees warmer or a meaningful burst of sunshine would soften things up, and it would be wonderful. I will watch for either. Spring skiing is going to be terrific, but we may have a few more months of winter before we see it.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Conditions Report, Monday March 31

It's been a while since I've been up on the Pass. Wow. There's more snow than I can ever remember seeing. Maybe we can ski into June?

The air temperature was 32 F, the snow about 1 degree cooler. The sun beat down upon the snow as well as us unprepared classic skiers with neither the wit, nor wax, to both kick and glide. I will hurry up to the trails tomorrow morning with either skate skis or no-wax classics.

Emmett has rolled the little bit of trail I saw. The classic track was full of fresh snow.

The sun was out, the snow was deep, but without the right wax, I could only weep.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ski conditions

43 and calm at 10:00. big pine haul and lower micro roads groomed for skate and classic and really look great. As my forth and perhaps last season of grooming draws to a close, (supposed to be Sunday but due to a death in the family today is my last day), I want to say thanks for such an interesting and challenging job! Grooming will continue for at least another week and the snow may last thru April.
Happy trails.
Brent

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ski conditiond

25and some wind at 11:00. Big pine, Porcupine,Haul and lower Micro rolled. More new snow and snowing when I left.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ski conditions

Not sure of the temp but I think 21 with no wind. Huge drifts that seemed more like waves on the Pacific Ocean than snow. I rode them as flat as I could but was only able to roll Big pine, Porcupine,Haul and Lower Micro. Should be great if the wind stays away. Emmett will be up early and should set track.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ski conditions

27 with some pretty strong wind gusts. At least 3 inches new snow so lots of drifts although wed was worse. Winter came in like a lamb and is truly going out like a lion! Should be skiing in May. Porcupine big pine haul and lower micro rolled today.